TS4 Rant - Still Unimpressed
This is a long, heated, and possibly offensive post. You have been warned.
It’s no secret that I can’t freaking STAND EA. If it weren’t for TS3 they would’ve stopped getting my money a long time ago.
Yes, TS3 was very different from TS2, and left a lot to be desired, but EA also gave us a lot of great things, too. That’s undeniable. I love TS3. In a lot of ways I think it was practically better than TS1/2 – not by much, of course! But it really opened up the sandbox, and to me that’s VERY important when it comes to indulging in an open-ended game.
For a (brief) time it seemed EA was open to learning from its past mistakes, and improving the game where it needed the most attention. Their simgurus were all over the forums – when we complained or had fresh ideas and insights, they sorta listened (sometimes :P ). They offered polls and surveys, and what arrived in the Store and EP/SP games reflected what the players actually voted for (only occasionally >_> ).
BUT EA must have straight up gone and got selective amnesia with the release of TS4.
I have not seen a single thing we had been clamoring for since TS3 ended come to pass in TS4.
EA may have been pretending to want our opinions in TS3, giving the lip
service just to shut everyone up, but I swear they’re just pointing and
laughing right now in TS4.
Heck, I;m still waiting for the regular stuff to make an advent – the Missing Features List speaks for itself, EA! >:(
All I’m seeing is rehashes of the same old staples being regurgitated over and over again. Where is your originality, EA? Where is the balls to the wall groundbreaking intrepidness that made The Sims the success it is to this day?
Get to Work is NOT Open for Business, and Get Together is NOT Hot Date/Nightlife.
You’ve had years and years to guinea-pig us to death in TS3 to get it right, EA. You heard our complaints/ideas about Ambitions and the Bakery Venue and the Savvy Seller Venue and the Into the Future mall of the future. And yet we still have no legit shopping mall center or bonafide DIY businesses – heck, EA gave the giant Eff U Finger and eliminated rabbitholes entirely. Hospitals, Cops and Science were BASEGAME staples that shouldn’t have even needed an entire EP wasted on simply introducing, let alone expanding upon.
And now this new EP seems like old ideas in a different title. Late Night hardly held a candle to Nightlife/Apartment Life, but so far Get Together seems like barely half of Late Night! (And that’s saying something, since I like LN the least in TS3).
In that Get Together trailer I only saw four things get any real emphasis: The DJ party, the bonfire, the pub, and the walk-in closet.
THAT’S what we’ve been waiting all these months for? T_T
It’s sad when you have to get EXCITED for BASICS.
At this rate, I sincerely hope the next TS4 EP is Get a Clue or Get Better, and EA stops pussyfooting around and starts amping up the quality of the TS4 titles already, because I am honestly being so underwhelmed right now!
It’s making me ANGRY. I know TS4 simmers are gonna cuss me out for this post, but I’m sorry not sorry! I’m 85% unimpressed with TS4, and it’s all EA’s fault!
I’m a simmer. I want to have all the sims games and love them, I really do. But EA keeps making it HARD for me to invest in their games, when all they keep giving us is clubs, bars, woohoo locations, more bars, miniskirts, more clubs… Come on!
Zomg new CUPS!
I spotted two new (ugly) bonfires in the trailer - wowzers! And a fire dancer (like we didn’t have a sword dancer in Showtime – much amazing!)
Best thing about the trailer was the closet, IMO. Tell me that wouldn’t have been great put to use in an actual shopping mall venue.
Where are the actual skills and hobbies, EA? Where is the depth?
The sims are smack dab in a Tudor village (I’ve seen custom worlds that look 10x better, but whatever). Where are the woodcarvers and beekeepers and flower arrangers? Where are the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers? Where are the glassblowers and seamstresses and llama farms and ANIMALS and CULTURAL clothes and items – heck, you’re so gung-ho on parties, EA: where is the traditional group dancing activities sims can learn and take part in, and new musical instruments? Hell, where are the wagons and buggies and CARS, to even GET to places? (Will that be the EP to bring back driving, EA? Getting There?)
This world just looks like a wasted opportunity, really. What does European village have to do with late night raves? You could have kept the sims in California for that, EA. ;) ;) ;)
The best you could think of was a DJ booth tucked away in a bunch of ancient ruins? Are you freaking kidding me right now? Can sims collect anything at these ruins (aside from the obvious)?
In WA, AMB, and ITF we could forage around and dig for rare goods and artifacts – what NEW things can sims in Get Together do except Get. Together? They’ve BEEN getting together since 1999 – what ELSE is there to do?
What can the KIDS do? What can the ELDERS do?
Why are you constantly shoving the fast lives of the rich and fabulous in our faces? When will we finally get a village where sims can take it easy? Enjoy nature? Focus on art and not artifice? Exploration instead of exploitation? Pioneering instead of profiteering? Love and not lovemaking? Playing with the kids instead of being so busy always making them?
I know I need to get a grip, but sue me; I’m a hard-to-please malcontent.
I really thought the next sims title was going to be freaking amazing, if TS3 was anything to go by. And instead I see nothing but backpedalling, cut corners, and catch up.
Is it just me, wanting more than what’s been offered!?